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Camaldolese Monk Brings Contemplative Message in Word and Song

SIOUX FALLS – Cyprian Consiglio, a Camaldolese monk, musician, and teacher, is bringing a “Universal Call to Contemplation” message to Augustana College September 13-17.

Cyprian Consiglio is a musician, composer, author, teacher and monk of the Camaldolese Congregation. For 10 years he lived at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, serving for eight years as liturgist, choir director and teacher. Much of both his music and his teaching revolve around the Universal Call to Contemplation through spirituality and the arts.

Along with his six collections of original music recorded and published through OCP, he released three others through the Equilibrium label with his longtime collaborator, percussionist Dr. John Pennington, Professor of Music at Augustana. The Equilibrium collections are titled Awakening, The Song of Luke and Compassionate and Wise. Another collection to his credit is Wait, My Soul, In Silence, music for meditation created in collaboration with Laurence Freeman for MedioMedia.

Camaldolese Benedictine monks trace their heritage to the 6th century monastic traditions of St. Benedict, as further defined in the 11th century by their founder, St. Romuald. The three elements of the Camaldolese charism are:

  • Solitude for personal prayer and meditation
  • Communal prayer and work within the monastery
  • Promote contemplative spirituality in the world

Consiglio will address a “Universal Call to Contemplation” during a public lecture beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 17. At 7:30 p.m. he will be featured in a concert along with the Augustana Choir, Dr. Pennington and Dr. James Johnson, Director of the Augustana Choir. Both events will be held in the Chapel of Reconciliation on the campus of Augustana College.

A reception will be held in the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts, located within the Center for Visual Arts, following the concert.

“Compassionate and Wise” is the overall theme for Consiglio’s visit.